Each year, our historic lecture series features the finest humanities scholars, historians and authors in the field of Western American history. The lecture series cultivates a new appreciation for diverse cultures that shaped our current landscape. From Apache wars to The Fort’s own ghost stories, 19th century American Western history comes alive through each lecture.
Dinner lectures at The Fort Restaurant include a special prix fixe menu, featuring The Fort’s famous salad, award winning guacamole, entrée and dessert*. All proceeds … Read the entire post >
School is back in session, and we’re excited to welcome students, teachers and parents for a variety of educational programs, which are dedicated to bringing the diverse history of early Colorado to life.
Bent’s Fort: A Crossroads
This two-hour fieldtrip, held on the grounds of The Fort Restaurant, explores the history of Bent’s Old Fort and Colorado. Led by educators and interpreters dressed in authentic attire, this program is ideal for students grades third through eight. In accordance with Colorado … Read the entire post >
From tomahawk throwing to hide scraping and flint and steel fire starting, we will celebrate the mountain men and frontier women of the Fur Trade era this September with our annual 1830s Rendezvous event.
This weekend-long celebration, now in its 16th year, features demonstrations, re-enactments and hands-on activities for all ages. The 1830s Rendezvous also honors those committed to excellence in historical interpretation and craftsmanship. This year, our honored guest and Tesoro de Hoy award recipient is John M. Carson, … Read the entire post >
During the 1830s and 1840s, people from many different cultures traveled the Santa Fe Trail and met at Bent’s Old Fort. Known as the “Castle of the Plains,” Bent’s Old Fort was a private international trading fort located on the Arkansas River which quickly became a hub of commerce and trade.
Hunters and fur trappers were essential to the outpost, bringing food and pelts to keep the rich fur trade thriving. American Indian interpreters maintained communication with surrounding tribes, while … Read the entire post >